Shardlake returns in this atmospheric BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of the fourth novel in C. J. Sansom's bestselling Tudor crime series.
Spring, 1543. London's streets are filled with preachers; strange signs and portents are seen everywhere; and young men, maddened by differing interpretations of the Bible, are drawn into dangerous fundamentalism.
The family of one such man, Adam Kite, has sought help from lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Adam is suffering from religious mania, and is being held in Bedlam for his own safety. But Shardlake is distracted from the case when his friend Roger Elliard is found brutally murdered – the victim of a serial killer inspired by the Book of Revelation.
Archbishop Cranmer asks Shardlake to conduct a secret investigation: no word of the bloodshed must reach the King as one of the dead men was close to Catherine Parr, Henry's latest romantic obsession and (like Cranmer) a supporter of religious reform.
With the help of trusty sidekick Barak, Shardlake embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, as he tries to protect Adam and prevent the killer from fulfilling his unholy mission....
This thrilling fourth instalment of the Shardlake series stars Justin Salinger as Shardlake, with Bryan Dick as Barak.
I have all of the Shardlake full cast performances & love them all.
Each one focuses on a murderous theme set during the reign of Henry Viii and Katherine Parr which is perfect for me as I am in the middle of studying period 1200 C to the end of Queen Elizabeth 1st.
So well produced you actually feel you are taken back to the grubby dirty stinking times of Henry’s kingdom as his subjects fight one another in their plight for truth in the era of religious mania.
Full of atmosphere, torture, scheming, prostitution, treachery, treason and so much more as we follow the humpbacked sleuth. I hope we can look forward to several more Shardlake adventures.